Local development McKinley Beach will join the Okanagan wine industry in the very near future.
The development team behind McKinley Beach, which includes G Group Land Development and North American Development Group, recently confirmed the sale of 42 acres of the McKinley Beach development land to a local Okanagan family and vintner.
“McKinley Beach is thrilled to announce this partnership with a local vintner who will bring a high level of business expertise and vision to this winery and vineyard,” G Group Land Development’s Andrew Gaucher says. “The winery-vineyard has long been part of the vision and story for the McKinley Beach development, spanning back over a decade ago.”
While the new winery’s official name is being finalized, phase one of the build has already begun with site services, utilities and soil preparation. Twelve acres of vineyard will be planted in spring 2019, featuring pinot noir, riesling and merlot grapes.
Future plans for the new winery and vineyard include a restaurant and tasting room. The new owner is planning to construct a best-in-class facility, a “place of gathering, gratitude, celebrating nature” designed to be a “calm sanctuary” set within the surrounding forest with the endless lake views for which McKinley Beach has become known.
In addition to the winery, the McKinley Beach development team will be releasing Vineyard Lots, also in spring 2019. These exclusive lots will feature views of the vineyard and lake, and will be unlike anything previously offered at McKinley Beach. These will complement the remaining lots available on the Hillside, and be released alongside plans for future townhomes and single-family homes in the new Hilltown community.
“We aim to curate an experience of ‘Okanagan in a day’ within the McKinley Beach community,” Gaucher says. “With a kilometre of beachfront, a marina and now a vineyard-winery, this creates an unparalleled community for all McKinley Beach residents and visitors alike. We have more announcements regarding this vineyard-winery to come, as well as other announcements related to new home types and more, in the spring.”
With the 2018 expansion of the private marina now complete along with phase one of the Beachhouse, the community will look forward to seeing both a lakefront coffee shop and wine bar launching in summer 2019.
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